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Acute massive postoperative pleural effusion associated with asymptomatic hepatitis C-induced cirrhosis of the liver.

Authors
Hahn, MH
Citation
The American journal of the medical sciences, 314(1):47-50, 1997
Journal Title
The American journal of the medical sciences
ISSN
0002-96291538-2990
Abstract
The development of an acute pleural effusion during the immediate postoperative period after abdominal or pelvic surgery is not uncommon. In symptomatic patients, pleural effusions often are thought to result from a complication of pulmonary embolism or parapneumonic effusion. We present a patient in whom an acute unilateral hepatic hydrothorax developed after elective total abdominal hysterectomy. Pleural effusion continued to reaccumulate for several days. After extensive efforts failed to reveal the cause of effusion, intraperitoneal radioisotope study confirmed a peritoneopleural communication associated with unsuspected and asymptomatic hepatitis C-induced cirrhosis of the liver with portal hypertension.
MeSH terms
AgedFatal OutcomeFemaleHepatic Encephalopathy/etiology*Hepatitis CHumansHypertension, Portal/complications*HysterectomyLiver Cirrhosis/*virologyPleural Effusion/*etiology/radiography/radionuclide imaging*Postoperative Complications
PMID
9216442
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Journal Papers > School of Medicine / Graduate School of Medicine > Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
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